Pet Shop Boy, Neil Tennant turns 60 today! As one half of the most successful pop duo of all time, Tennant has released twelve studio albums, the latest being “Electric” released last July, and sold over 50 million albums worldwide since forming in 1981.

We commemorate 60 years of Neil Tennant with 6 of Pet Shop Boys greatest hits . . . Happy Birthday, Neil!

“Suburbia” peaked at number 8 in the UK when it was released in 1986. The song was inspired by the 1984 film of the same name; the movie deals with the squalor and violence of Los Angeles. It was the fourth single from their debut album, “Please”.

Legendary British singer, Dusty Springfield joined Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe on this 1987 single. The duo later wrote and produced tracks for Springfield’s 1990 album, “Reputation”. In 2009, The Brit Awards honoured Pet Shop Boys for “Outstanding Contribution To Music” and they performed the song with help from pop diva, Lady GaGa.

It’s hard to believe but this 1988 single was the last number one for Pet Shop Boys (to date!) Taken from “Actually”, their 1987 album, the pair almost gave the track to Queen Of Pop, Madonna before opting to keep it for themselves. The video for the song features Sir Ian McKellan and is based on the 1922 film, “Nosferatu”.

Taken from their second offering, “Actually”, “It’s A Sin” scored Pet Shop Boys their second number one single in the UK back in 1987; it remained at the top of the charts for three weeks. At the time of release, the duo were accused of plagiarising Cat Steven’s 1971 hit, “Wild World” by British DJ Jonathan King; Pet Shop Boys sued King and won damages which they donated to charity. The duo performed “It’s A Sin”¬†at The Brit Awards 2009 with The Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers who has cited Pet Shop Boys as a massive influence on him.

Any band will tell you how vital it is to get your debut single right, but Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe raised the bar with this 1985 single, their debut effort. Described as “hypnotic” and “a classic pop single”, the song won “Best Single” at The Brit Awards in 1985 and in 2005 was awarded “Song Of The Decade” (between 1985 and 1994) by The British Academy Of Composers And Songwriters.

Made famous by Elvis Presley, this song has been recorded by many artists including Brenda Lee, B.B King, Michael Buble and Willie Nelson. Pet Shop Boys released it a single in 1987 after performing it live on “Love Me Tender”, a TV special commemorating 10 years since Presley’s passing. Their version was Christmas number one in 1987 and the video featured British actor, Joss Ackland. The Daily Telegraph named it the second best cover version of all time in 2004 and its the duo’s best selling single in the UK to date.


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